It’s been several months since I’ve set foot inside a Trader Joe’s. Oh how I’ve missed thee. And in theory, I found myself here for no reason at all. I just had a bunch of errands piling up and needed to get some out of the way. And lo and behold the store found me.
Once again, I sort of had an idea of what I was going to write about. Last summer I focused on a lot of iced teas. There were brands I’d never heard of. Many were personal sized. I looked back as to avoid repeating if I can do so. Little did I know that this visit would also lead me to one of the more refreshing teas I’ve had in a while.
And after a few minutes of poking around the store, this mega display was my answer. And this week I proudly get to review the Trader Joe’s Mango Green Tea.
However, there are drawbacks. The green tea and mango are not easy to taste. The pear juice is what gives it flavor and not much else. It makes me think are the tea and mango able to taste right simply as a duo? That’s a question for the ages. Well nowhere near that dramatic but it’s fun to speculate.
I love mango. It’s a fruit that reminds us of the good times of summer, or maybe an island you’ve visited. And to mix it with something as bitter as green tea may be the ultimate clash of universes. So lets throw in some pear juice to shake things up a bit.
I’m a purist in many ways. I want my teas to be as natural as possible. There are additives, like extra sugar to make the taste for palatable. And more palatable to the general public seems to be the goal. I can’t disagree with that. I also can’t be too serious. It’s a seasonal beverage that’s meant to be enjoyed and not over-analyzed by the likes of me.
I liked it but with the understanding that the heart and soul of the tea seems to be an afterthought.
Since this beverage is a bit out there, the pairings could fall in the same category. But at the same display rack were the Mango Joe-Joe’s sandwich cookies that taste a mix of real and artificial that at this point it doesn’t matter.
They’re good but best in small doses. No I didn’t eat all of these pictured, that would be absurd.
For a healthier alternative, the apple and (you guessed it) mango bar is a bit more up my alley, and maybe yours as well. This is what inspired this title. Things sometimes go in threes.
I love Summer and everything about these sweet treats screams as such. If you’re in the mood this tea and the accompanying treats will make for quite the sugar rush. If that’s what you’re into then I say go for it. Otherwise, proceed with caution.
I had one cookie and just one, I promise. The rest I stored away for future snacking or to share with pals. Portion control is a powerful thing.
Ah I love summer and I wish I could write that every week. I will at least be doing so for a while. Yay!